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Knife Reviews

Knife by Jo Nesbo

Knife: (Harry Hole 12)

Jo Nesbo

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 11 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781787300767

HARRY HOLE FACES A DEADLY FOE IN THE NEW THRILLER FROM SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER JO NESBO. Harry is in a bad place: Rakel has left him, he's working cold cases and notorious rapist and murderer Svein Finne is back on the streets.

4 stars out of 5
20 Jul 2019

"Harry Hole is back battling his demons — and a serial rapist"

The ending is totally unexpected and deeply satisfying. But where to go from here? With Hole having been taken to such wounding extremes in Knife, it doesn’t look as if there could be anything left for him to endure. Yet never underestimate Nesbo — he’s a writer with a seemingly endless supply of stories to tell.


4 stars out of 5
Joan Smith
20 Jul 2019

"As always, the novel is intricately plotted"

If Nesbo initially seems indulgent towards his character, that impression is soon dispelled by the ordeal he has in store, plunging the hung-over detective into the most intensely personal case of his career. As always, the novel is intricately plotted, with sudden twists and startling developments. But it’s hard to avoid the suspicion that Nesbo is putting Hole through the mill to revive a flagging series, while the trite ending jars with the mood of despair that’s gone before.

4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
18 Jul 2019

"Not many thriller writers can move you to tears but Nesbø can"

Blades, unsurprisingly, loom large in Knife: Finne has a collection of 26, including an Indian Rampuri, an Indonesian karambit — shaped like a tiger’s claw — and a Finnish puukko. Nesbø, sharp-witted as ever, keeps the complex, burnished narrative on, um, a knife-edge as Harry, suicidal and sober, tries to find out the horrible truth. Nesbø remains the king of Scandinavian noir.